The Invitation: A Novel by Anne CherianThe Invitation: A Novel by Anne Cherian

The Invitation: A Novel

byAnne Cherian

Paperback | July 30, 2017

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Frances, Jay, Lali, and Vikram meet as students at UCLA. They came to the United States from India, eager to achieve success and riches for themselves and their children. Frances and Jay marry; the rest separate after graduation. Twenty-five years later, Vikram invites his old friends to his mansion in Newport Beach to celebrate his son’s graduation from MIT. As their reunion nears, Frances, Jay, Lali, and Vikram each must confront where life in America has taken them. Has America proved to be the land of their dreams? A novel of cultural contrasts and surprising revelations, The Invitation redefines the meaning of family, friendship, and true success among a generation of immigrants.
Anne Cherian is the author of A Good Indian Wife and The Invitation. Born and raised in Jamshedpur, India, she now lives in Los Angeles, California.
Title:The Invitation: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:July 30, 2017Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0393345483

ISBN - 13:9780393345483


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good. I enjoyed the characters in this book. It was very easy to read.
Date published: 2018-05-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great premise that fizzles out by the end The Invitation centers around the lives of four friends from UCLA: Lali, Vic, Frances, and Jay. Each have their struggles and triumphs since graduating from UCLA. Vic decides to throw a party for his son who has recently graduated from MIT, which brings the old friends together. Cherin's premise is a great premise but the novel becomes a bit too busy. Sometimes even the author gets the characters confused and mixes up whom is married to whom. There is only resolution for one of the main characters by the end of the novel. A major plot point is introduced in the last 50 pages of the book and remains unresolved. There is no sequel so you have no idea how their lives turn out. It was a good attempt but needed more careful thought.
Date published: 2017-06-09

Editorial Reviews

In Cherian’s gorgeously embroidered tale, nothing turns out remotely like you’d expect. A-. — Entertainment Weekly

Starred review. ...Cherian’s straightforward storytelling is riveting and rarely goes amiss... and the climax is fervent. — Publishers Weekly

Three dissatisfied couples, one fancy social event, and a long-held secret that sees the light of day make for a noteworthy party. — Library Journal